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Or staving off other scandals, like the troublesome LightSquared wireless Internet network project. This is Obama’s dangerous broadband boondoggle involving billionaire hedge-fund managers Philip Falcone and George Soros.
In September, two high-ranking witnesses — Air Force Space Command four-star Gen. William Shelton and National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Director Anthony Russo — exposed how the White House pressured them to alter their congressional testimony and play down concerns about LightSquared’s interference threat to military communications.
The Obama administration’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has resisted Freedom of Information Act requests filed by GPS World magazine regarding “the operational and economic impacts of a LightSquared terrestrial signal on GPS services.” GOP Sen. Charles Grassley has met similar resistance from the Federal Communications Commission on his efforts to gain information about the panel’s curious waiver for the politically connected from regulations over its proposed hybrid satellite and cellular network.
After five months of “radio silence” from the FCC, Grassley is now threatening to block two FCC nominees until the panel coughs up the documents.
Meanwhile, Grassley and other GOP watchdogs are chipping away at another den of obstructionists at the Department of Justice.
At a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder and his Democratic water-carriers attempted to deflect from Obama’s bloody Fast and Furious debacle by playing the Blame Bush game. N.Y. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer tried to equate the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver program with Obama’s deadly Fast and Furious gunwalking debacle and accused investigators of partisanship. (Never mind that Wide Receiver was a more tightly controlled program, as Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich reports, that was run in conjunction with the Mexican government, while Fast and Furious left Mexico in the dark and hundreds of bodies in its wake.)
More importantly, as Grassley pointed out, DOJ has stymied his efforts to obtain information on all gunwalking briefings for the past nine months. It’s Chuckie-come-lately who’s playing partisan games, not the GOP.
In closing, Holder shamelessly refused to apologize to the family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death has been tied to a Fast and Furious weapon, instead offering “sympathy” and “regret” while skirting direct accountability.
It’s time to tear down this stonewall. And tear down Holder’s smirk. The November 2012 bulldozer can’t come soon enough.
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